After a sizzling start to the Marcia French Memorial Tournament, the Lady Barons lost both of their matches to Buffalo State University and Case Western Reserve, three games a piece. The Lady Barons now have a 5-4 record on the season, and a 2-2 record for this weekend’s tournament.
Franciscan’s first loss against the Buffalo State Bengals (21-25) (22-25) (17-25) was a disappointing one for Coach Kelly Herrmann.
“I felt like Buffalo State was a good but beatable team but we were not focused,” Herrmann said.
While the Bengals quickly took advantage of the Lady Baron’s lack of focus a few FUS players still continued to bolster their stats. Senior, Anna Cain, had a team high 10 kills in the match and finished out the weekend with 43 kills. Sam Kelly pitched in defensively with 24 digs ending with 95 digs throughout the tournament.
“Our stats were not bad but you have to be aggressive to beat good teams. We needed to be more aggressive,” Herrmann said.
The Lady Baron’s toughest opponent was undefeated Case Western Reserve. The Spartans defeated the Lady Barons in three games (7-25) (14-25) (19-25). The Lady Barons battled hard to extend the match, but were overwhelmed and never got any momentum.
“We did not play particularly well” said Herrmann. “We learned a lot.”
Dani Link had a team high five kills while Sam Kelly and Amy O’ Keefe pitched in defensively with 12 digs a piece in the second match.
The Lady Barons look to bounce back as they head home to battle Muskingum on September 12.